YHA Nelson


Qualmark 5-Star Rated Backpacker Accommodation

YHA Nelson is a comfortable and popular 5-star hostel in the heart of sunny Nelson city and close to iconic cafes and restaurants. Use the YHA Nelson hostel as a convenient backpacker accommodation base to access the local National Parks including Abel Tasman and Kahurangi. 

The excellent kitchen facilities in this Nelson hostel provide you with everything you need including an adjoining dining area and sunny garden with a courtyard BBQ. In the common areas we have foosball, table tennis, an extensive DVD collection and internet access. YHA Nelson’s backpacker accommodation and facilities are suitable for groups and disabled guests, and the two well-equipped kitchens allows for a dedicated kitchen when large groups come to stay.

Nelson is the arts and crafts capital of New Zealand and the renowned Nelson market is located next-door to the hostel. It runs on Saturdays and is the perfect place to pick up a unique memento or some great local produce. YHA Nelson is also near supermarkets, pubs, cafes and the Intercity bus station. For free travel and activity advice on your Nelson and New Zealand stay just ask the helpful hostel staff. YHA Nelson is cosy, clean and secure, come and stay and see what 5-star backpacker accommodation is like.

By Bus/Shuttle

Most drop off at hostel (except InterCity – Bus depot 100m).

By Plane

6km. Take a taxi or shuttle from the airport.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Visit Abel Tasman National Park: kayak it, walk it or cruise it.
  • The National Parks of Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi are also worth visiting for great views and hiking. 
  • Take a stroll up the Centre of New Zealand walk from Nelson’s Botanical Hill to enjoy stunning views over Nelson city and Tasman Bay.
  • Soak up the famous Nelson sunshine on its many great beaches, especially the long strip of sand that is Tahunanui.
  • Nelson’s arts and crafts are well-known, pick up a piece or two or just enjoy following the trail.
  • If adrenaline is more your thing why not try out skydiving?
  • The Nelson region has some of the countries great boutique wineries,  why not explore the region while taking in a spot of wine tasting
  • Nelson is one of New Zealand’s cultural capitals, where the World of Wearable Art began – check out the outstanding WOW museum.


  • (Apr 25th - Apr 24th 2016) The second instalment of our WWI exhibition brings together the stories of men and women from around Nelson who were directly involved or affected by the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. When New Zealand responded to the ... The Nelson Provincial Museum
  • (Oct 9th - Oct 11th) Beautify your house and garden by gathering inspiration and advice at a venue packed with the latest ideas, products and services for your home. Save with massive show-only specials, go in the draw to win a fabulous show ... Saxton Field Complex
  • (Jul 18th - Oct 25th) Trees are important elements in the Nelson and Tasman landscapes. Thanks to a benign environment we enjoy trees in our parks, gardens and rural areas that are landmarks and memorials, trees that colourfully signal the ... Suter Gallery Cafe
  • (Oct 2nd - Oct 9th) Nelson Youth Theatre presents a ripsnorting production of Richard Lloyd’s irreverent take on the classic Alexandre Dumas tale The Three Musketeers – Le Panteau! The famous swashbucklers Porthos, Aramis, Athos and ... Theatre Royal Nelson
  • (Sep 13th - Oct 10th) Reassurance by Larisse Hall 'Evocative of societies cultural rhythms, my work abstracts the language of relationship; embodying us gregariously as a society while exploring the more intimate states of innocent child ... Suter Gallery Cafe
  • (Sep 26th - Oct 11th) Train inspired activities running every day through the school holidays. Join the treasure hunt round the park to find Nelson Railways lost Railway Stations and other activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ruth ... Founders Heritage Park

Nelson is the accommodation leader for groups with many repeat customers annually. We provide quality, secure and affordable accommodation.

YHA Nelson accommodates all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before making a booking.

YHA Nelson is set in the heart of Nelson, next to the famous Nelson Market and in within easy walking distance of the Trafalgar Centre, Trafalgar Park, Rutherford Hotel and the Nelson Colleges.

YHA Nelson is the ideal accommodation for groups with easy access to Saxton Field.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Nelson can cater for up to 92 people across 31 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 7 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 3 bed multi-share
  • 1 x single
  • 17 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x double room with ensuite facilities.
The accommodation

YHA Nelson is a single building with two levels. We endeavor to keep all group members and the group leader in the same area. All bedrooms have locks. We can provide a spare set of keys to leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group if you wish.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable rooms with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are available. Bathrooms are throughout the building so they are always near bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in private single, double or twin rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note: we have a limited number of rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay. 

Contact YHA Nelson direct on 03 545 9988 email nelson@yha.co.nz or call our groups coordinator on 0800 278 299.

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